Review of the British Airways lounge, Glasgow Airport

This is our review of the British Airways business class lounge at Glasgow Airport.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.

A couple of weeks ago I had to travel to Glasgow and took the opportunity to check out both lounges in the airport.  My review of the Upperdeck Lounge will follow later.  Today I want to review the British Airways lounge.

Let me start by saying that I was impressed by this facility.  It is not huge – the Upperdeck lounge reviewed here is larger and brighter – but the designers have done a great job in creating a lounge with a number of distinct zones to suit whatever mood you are in.

The new lounge opened in 2013 and has a capacity of 150, double that of the previous lounge.  It is situated down by the British Airways gates, whereas the Upperdeck lounge is situated above the shopping and dining area.

This shot gives an impression of the size of the lounge:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

The two food islands are the focal point.  I was there over lunch and it was the typical BA sandwich fare.

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

At the back is the work area where I spent most of my time.  Behind that are a number of sofas and large comfy chairs.

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

If you want to sit with your partner, there are a number of tables for two along one wall:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

Here is the drink selection which was impressively comprehensive.  I was told that the lounge used to have a selection of rare whiskies in the evenings but that it has now been pared back.

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

And if you want a hot drink:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

And some more of the seating:

Review British Airways Galleries Lounge Glasgow Airport

Because of the time I was there, I can’t comment on what you might find over breakfast or dinner and whether it is better than the restaurants in the central area.  I thought it was an attractive, well laid out space and the perfect place to while away an hour before a flight.

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Comments

  1. You need to de Akina-ise the copy/paste intro blurb if you’re going to post Rob (zero chance of Rob or myself….) ☺

  2. Glasgow lounge is one of the best in the network. The BS staff there are exceptional, and will always pull out a good wine if you ask nicely – they usually have a nice CDP AOC in the back somewhere 😉

  3. Has the whisky snug gone? Even if you weren’t taking advantage of the 21-year old single malt (I forget which distillery it was sponsored by), the two or three armchairs next to the fake roaring fire was nice on a dreich Glasgow day.

    On a more pedantic note, I believe it’s just branded “British Airways Lounge” – not Galleries.

    • Whisky snug is still there, albeit sometimes closed due to a window warping issue with the sun (deemed unsafe). But the whisky is still there, The Glenlivet 18 being the best.

    • On my last 2 visits over Christmas the snug was closed, but they still had the Glenlivet in the main drinks section.

      It’s a well done lounge, would be even better if they did bacon rolls in the morning!

  4. It’s not a Galleries lounge as the article rightly states this was opened in 2013. It’s the former bmi lounge which BA refurbished in their new style that’s unimaginatively titled ‘British Airways Lounge’. I think anyone will agree it’s much nicer than Galleries lounges of similar size and definitely better than the Terraces it replaced.

    One thing I miss from bmi days was the ability to board directly from the lounge. It was also larger in the bmi days with a ‘diamond club’ section to the right of the entrance.

  5. Whiskey snug became a great play room, I could have a few drams whilst the toddlers were kept in a small area away from other guests!

  6. It’s a nice lounge but it’s best feature are the staff!

  7. Don’t know if anyone saw my comment on the groupon avios in Iberia plus. Mine landed yesterday and nicely topped up my baec!

  8. Sorry, OT: I think James67 could help me out here with this one. Flying BKK-DOH-AMS in J with QR in 2 weeks time. What’s the best lounge to use at BKK?

    • Use the CX lounge. However, keep an eye on which gate you’re departing from. It could be quite a walk.

    • You might want to do a bit of lounge-hopping to see which one you like. Jovanna says the CX lounge, but I was distinctly unimpressed by it last year. So I guess it depends on your opinion, which is why it might be best to take a look at a couple and just stay in one you like.

      • Which lounge do u prefer?

        • To be honest, none of the few I have been to. They’re all just acceptable, nothing more. Fine as a place to wait for a bit before your flight, but not worth getting to the airport early for.

    • I would definitely use the Cathay Pacific lounge. Has a noodle bar, nice dim sum, champagne, cocktails and runway views. I didn’t think much of the Thai lounge (albeit only went in one) which QR officially use.

      • Lady London says:

        I found the Thai lounge boring noisy and unremarkable by Asian lounge standards. However that was only the Silver equivalent lounge. Thai First Class lounge in BKK is something else entirely, I would love to get some time in there.

  9. The Original Nick. says:

    Forgot to change my name. Sorry, OT: I think James67 could help me out here with this one. Flying BKK-DOH-AMS in J with QR in 2 weeks time. What’s the best lounge to use at BKK? Will only be Bronze BAEC..

  10. Agreed lounge good and top feature is the staff … however as a GOLD BAEC I’ve been complaining for years about the noise of chairs screeching on the tiled flooring (they don’t put rubber leg tips to dampen the nails on blackboard effect) its painful!!!!
    Anyways due to their crap domestic service (i.e. Not a drink or snack even when paying up to £4K) when I connect to long haul FIRST or Club flights I’ll be boycotting them now.
    Oh and a word to the ever arrogant Willie Walsh who stated on BBC Today programme when challenged about withdrawing of food on domestic services.. wherever did you get the idea that we the customers asked for this? And to arrogantly state, ” if they don’t like it it they’ve got plenty of choice and can fly with another airline”. Willie son, last good few years in case you hadn’t noticed BA has a had a total effing MONOPOLY on GLA to LHR flights!!!!
    To Fly To Fleece!

  11. Paul lancaster says:

    Hi can any one help I’m of to Glasgow on 11 of next month to watch the speedway ,iv booked with Ba for the flights , can I visit the lounges at gatwick and Glasgow
    Many thanks
    Paul

  12. I’ve always found the Scottish lounges to be some of the best in the country and I too have a particular affection for Glasgow. At lunchtime the cheese and biscuits are super. A year or two ago they also had a very nice St Emilion Grand Cru on offer – a great combination. Last time I was up there, they had no French wine at all. The staff did apologise for this and, to be fair, the Spanish red wines on offer were quite good too.

    In reply to James A’s question, this may very well all change when BA introduce Club Europe on domestic flights. We made an early booking for a flight up to GLA in a month or two. Normally I would expect to be able to book a seat near the front but I noticed the front 9 rows were not available. I don’t know whether this was BA preparing for the introduction of CE and the last time I looked it was still not possible to book CE on this route. However, Rob has advised us of BA’s intention to introduce CE on domestic routes from 1 April.

    • On some flights the front 9 rows get blocked out, had this before not sure the reason (aircraft type?). I have a few domestic flights booked this year where it’s just the front 6 rows.

    • Yes, the wine offerings at GLA have been very good in the past – often better than GF at T5, IMHO.. Will be back there later in the week so will check.

      Not sure if champagne is available on request, as it is at BHD IIRC?

  13. My first post and I’d have to agree with many others that the staff make the lounge here a great experience. Generally happy, they do remember you (and your family) and smile!

    It is hard to believe it has been open three years. Compared to the old BA “lounge” it is paradise…

  14. Can’t comment on the BA. GLA lounge, and not much help to anyone unless on Emirates ( or Quantas ) but was in the Emirates lounge last year and was really quite impressed. Very helpful staff, nice atmosphere, really nice F&B offerings. Maybe it’s a Glasgow ‘thing’.

  15. Slightly O/T but one of the gems of my unfortunate downgrade experience was the wonderful lady (Gail) at EDI lounge reception, true to the spirit of “Fly to Serve” couldn’t of been more helpful, yes I recognise her hands were tied in what she personally could assist with, but I’ll definitely be grateful for how she showed empathy and genuine concern for our ill treatment by

    • the other parts of the BA organisation..

    • Will need to look out next week and see if Gail is who I’m thinking of or not – there’s certainly a lady who is often on reception in the EDI lounge and is always really welcoming and helpful!

  16. OT – been sitting on BA1464 for over 2 hours while they change a braking unit at LHR. Now we have a “slight passenger issue”. Captain done a lap and crew apologised for only being able to sell us stuff from the trolley. Not possible to disembark and return to the Lounge despite sitting at the gate for all this time.

    I’m now waiting for crew to go out of hours or the delay to miraculously drop below 2 hours before we arrive back in Edinburgh. I’d rather be in bed but 2 x €250 would soften the blow a little. Going to be tight.

  17. harry w says:

    whilst I enjoy the improvement in the new lounge, I am always complaining about the poor breakfast early in the morning, particularly the croissants, they always seem to be day old and stale. I notice the difference when I get the Heathrow and see the difference in quality there. During the afternoon and evening the quality of food is better. If the other cafes in the airport can get fresh breakfast items I can’t see why BA can’t. In this era of having to pay on board there is certainly room for improvement in the morning.